Kid-Friendly Knitting Projects
Knitting is a great project to try together. It encourages motor skills, math and counting abilities, concentration and many other skills and talents. And the best part? At the end you have something fun and handmade to enjoy!
#1. Knitted Frog
This is a simple pattern used by my daughter in school to create a frog. It can be adapted to create a lion, tiger, cat or whatever animal your imagination can conjure up!
Once the basic shape is knitted, you can use felt and googly eyes or buttons and beads to finish off your new pet.
Knitting pattern for frog:
- Cast on 30 stitches and knit until you have 20cm.
- Cast off and sew the cast off and on edges together. Turn inside out so the stitches don’t show.
- Using a darning needle and your wool, gather the top, by darning along the top edges and pulling the wool together so it forms a tight circle.
- Stuff your frog and add a clean jar lid or circle of plastic at the bottom and gather and darn your bottom edge in the same way as the top, pulling it around the lid. This will ensure your frog will sit down!
- Tie a piece of wool tightly about a third of the way from the top to create a head and decorate with felt or beads and buttons.
As my daughter became more confident, she used different wool to create new textures – see our red owl below!
#2. Easy Cozy Cowl Scarf
The cowl scarf has been a big hit over the past few years, and this pattern from Allfreeknitting is simple to follow as it only uses the straightforward garter stitch.
Add your favourite chunky yarn in a range of colours, or just use a single colour, to produce a lovely gift or cozy cowl to wear yourself. The combination of a chunky knit and the squishy garter stitch makes for a very cosy scarf!